DIY Scrap Paper Garland

Maddie has grown up so fast and is now entering the little girl stage (sob), so I wanted to start incorporating some new colors into her room to make it less babyish. There is a lot of light pink and white already, so I picked some pretty blues and greens out of my ever-growing paper scrap collection and made a super simple paper garland. I think it’s a good start!


  • Scrapbook paper in coordinating colors/patterns
  • Thin twine (found in the gift wrap section at Michael’s)
  • Scrapbook Punch (I used one with a scalloped edge and a smaller circle, but you can always just cut them out by hand, old school)
  • Glue

Use your scrapbook punches to make several circles of various sizes and colors. This was so easy, Maddie helped me. Seriously.

Set the punched paper circles out so you know what you have and decide what kind of a pattern you want to use for your garland. I ended up alternating the cut outs by big-small-big-small, but you can really do whatever you want and it will still turn out to be quite adorable. (My OCD took control in the above photo. You really don’t have to stack them in neat little piles… Don’t mind me.)

For each little piece, you’re going to need two matching circles. You simply sandwich the twine between the two cut outs and hold them together with a dab of glue in the center. I really hope that makes sense. It’s a lot easier to do than it is to explain!

Keep sandwiching and gluing until your garland has reached the desired length. Voila!

Tack it to a plain wall for some added cheer, hang it above your bed, use it to wrap a gift, drape several strands across the ceiling to decorate for a party… and on and on and on. Have fun with it!

41 thoughts on “DIY Scrap Paper Garland

  1. oh my goodness, that is adorable! if you sold these in your etsy shop, i would totally be all over that…hint hint ;)

  2. So, I have always wanted to learn to make one of these, but without sewing so I’m so excited!

    I want to come visit you and have a crafty weekend. Once you stop barfing, obviously.

  3. This garland looks really good and is yet “easy” to make – I bet Maddie loves her mommy for doing things like this for her. :)

  4. Morgan, this is such a cute idea. I work with kids at children’s hospital and we always have teenage girls who are bored and want to decorate their rooms…this is perfect. Thanks for sharing the idea and the how to.
    (Becca’s mom)

  5. I love this so much! I think this would be such a fun craft to drink wine and gossip over, it’s so low key and uncomplicated! This is my kinda craft!

  6. Aww, this is the cutest! And I love how you always do these tutorials — so sweet of you to share your genius craftness skills! I want to make one of these!

    I love the little frames you have set up in Maddie’s room. So sweet!

  7. so so so cute!!! and so simple! and inexpensive! my kind of craft! :)

    really, I’ve been so into paper garlands lately. I always have ooooodles of paper because I’m addicted to buying it, so I find it’s the one thing I can always make, no matter what. And you just can’t go wrong with a garland or a banner of some sort!

  8. Hey Morgan! I’ve been following your blog for a while and absolutely enjoy reading your hilarious posts! Had a quick question for you… I’ve noticed in some of your pictures some yellow, round flowers! What are they and where did you get them?? Know of anywhere online I could order them?? You can email me, if you like! Thanks so much!!

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